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Art lovers have a new path to follow in Lee, Whiteside counties

Artist Jennifer Meyer, of Lansing, created “The Big Face” from trash she found while walking her dog. The repurposed art is installed in the RB&W in Rock Falls, which is on the newly designated Art Along the Rock art trail.
Artist Jennifer Meyer, of Lansing, created “The Big Face” from trash she found while walking her dog. The repurposed art is installed in the RB&W in Rock Falls, which is on the newly designated Art Along the Rock art trail.

Art lovers in the Sauk Valley are invited to take an artsy road trip.

Valerie Butcher, coordinator of the Corner Gallery in Sterling, has plotted a route to take people on a tour of local works in Dixon, Sterling, Rock Falls and Morrison.

"I decided a long time ago that the only way we're really going to make it is for all of the artists along the Rock River to stick together," Butcher said.

She kept trying to get it going, but kept running into roadblocks, so a year ago she figured she would just try to get it started herself.

The Art Along the Rock trail has five stops: The Loft, 112 E. Main St. in Morrison; Art in the Park in the RB&W Park along the Rock Falls riverfront, Primitive Frills, 7E. Third St. in Sterling, the Corner Gallery, 2522 E. Lincolnway in Sterling, and the Next Picture Show Fine Arts Center, 113 W. First St. in Dixon.

Not only will it the new trail get people thinking more about local art and artists, but it also "will encourage people to buy locally and things that are locally made instead of just going to Walmart and picking up something," Butcher said.

She's also working on a show to celebrate Latin American art.

"That hasn't been done in a gallery, and I think they're an important part of our community and we need to promote their art. It's beautiful."

Message Butcher on the Corner Gallery Facebook page for more information.

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